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Hurricane Sandy relief back on
track after GOP lawmakers unload
on Boehner

New York Post, by Geoff Earle

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Posted By:Drive, 1/3/2013 9:24:31 AM

WASHINGTON — Furious GOP lawmakers unloaded on fellow Republican House Speaker John Boehner yesterday for spiking a bill to provide $60 billion in Hurricane Sandy relief — prompting a stunning about-face that puts the disaster aid back on a fast track. Boehner had told lawmakers late Tuesday night that the bill wouldn’t get a vote before the end of this Congress’ term — without offering a specific reason — triggering outrage within the New York and New Jersey delegations. Lawmakers in both parties immediately concluded that Boehner, who is up for re-election as speaker today,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: John c, 1/3/2013 9:35:55 AM     (No. 9096251)

Take all the pork out and then consider.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: retiree, 1/3/2013 9:37:57 AM     (No. 9096253)

Has anyone bothered to tell all these people who need help that the bill includes everything under the sun besides help for them?
It is no wonder this country is broke and hitting rock bottom
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Reply 3 - Posted by: god of irony, 1/3/2013 9:47:27 AM     (No. 9096274)

Hey who cares about the wasteful pork? It´s not there money that is being wasted afterall.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Passion, 1/3/2013 9:53:38 AM     (No. 9096287)

This is Chris Christie "laying the ground work" for his Democrat Party announcement, and his pathetic sop for us to pay for his corrupt and unprepared state´s problems.

I can´t stand Boehner, but he was right on this one. Then again, typical of Boehner, he was a eunuch when it came to explaining why he was right, something he never can do worth a rip.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: JAN, 1/3/2013 10:03:19 AM     (No. 9096318)

Blowhard Christie used the American taxpayer as a pawn in his rant.



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Reply 6 - Posted by: dwa, 1/3/2013 10:03:53 AM     (No. 9096320)

The reaction of the NE Republicans is a perfect example of what is wrong with Repub members of Congress. I´m no fan of Boehner´s but he was right, but now he has caved. As far as Christie, he is beginning to sound more and more like a small child who throws tantrums when he doesn´t get his way.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: rpool, 1/3/2013 10:04:30 AM     (No. 9096323)

Please notice that the individual(s) that stuffed the pork in the bill is not identified. Who in the hell thought it was a good idea to contaminate the legislative vehicle intended to help those people in drastic need with their petty, unrelated, scratch-my-back, garbage projects? If Congress would man-up and identify these culprits by name, it would stop. But, of course, they won´t - if they do, they´ll be named next time they do the stuffing.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: pomom, 1/3/2013 10:08:26 AM     (No. 9096334)

Lawmakers stick the pork in these emergency funding bills because of the urgency factor. Those who do this kind of thing are the ones the GOP should excoriate, not Boehner. Gov. Christie never wastes a chance to shoot off his mouth.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Kerryman, 1/3/2013 10:37:27 AM     (No. 9096407)

The rush is to slide through the pork. Nothing more. These jobs are not shovel ready. Of this $60 Billion, only about $2 Billion to $4 Billion will be spent in the next six months. If this money is audited 36 months from now, the scandal would be breathtaking. It will be in the pipeline but I expect nothing controls how it´s spent. Our Tea Party is in the process of stopping garbage like this at the County Level. Others should do likewise. Get involved.

Semper Fi

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Reply 10 - Posted by: EBolamadcow, 1/3/2013 11:03:19 AM     (No. 9096469)

Hey, Sandy victims: direct your anger to the appropriate target. Those politicians that are still practicing the pork barrel politics of the past should be named and evicerated. We have to stop the madness sometime. This is as good, or better, a time as any. NO FUNDS UNTIL ALL PORK IS REMOVED!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Reality, 1/3/2013 11:04:24 AM     (No. 9096472)

Note to congress
Do us all a big favor and vote down this Porkulous 2013 bill. We are still paying for the 0blamer Porkulous 2009 bill.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 1/3/2013 11:32:50 AM     (No. 9096532)

It still amazes me that Boehner could make such an elementary blunder. All the complaining in the world about what the public SHOULD think can never change the image of business-as-usual heartlessness resulting from delaying action on the Sandy relief bill. It should have been a top priority. Boehner stumbled badly on this. I am beginning to wonder if he is the man for the times. This is a small misstep, but it is such an incredible, avoidable, wholly unnecessary black eye that it does raise some concerns about his leadership.

Politics is about perception. The perception is now that Boehner and, by extension, the Republicans "don´t care" about victims of hurricane Sandy. We know this is not true. We know that the bill was deliberately porked up, no doubt in part to lay precisely this kind of trap for Republicans. Boehner walked right into it. I don´t understand how a professional politician with decades of experience would not have had more foresight than this.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 1/3/2013 1:22:16 PM     (No. 9096676)

Not only will Boehner be reelected Speaker, but the Sandy legislation will grow from 60 to 80 billion dollars.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 1/3/2013 2:23:51 PM     (No. 9096776)

Did those people not have insurance? Why are the taxpayers having to restore their normalcy? What have they done to help themselves? Just curious. I´ve been thru a hurricane and we weren´t still living in a car 66 days later.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: tipover, 1/3/2013 4:48:23 PM     (No. 9097010)

I´d make a bet that most didn´t have "flood" insurance. I believe that flood insurance is a federal program that must be purchased separately.

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